The vacancy indicator provides a quick indication of the trend in job vacancies in the private sector. The indicator improved further in November, but pessimism still prevails among private entrepreneurs.
In the third quarter of 2013, the amount of hours worked in stage A temp jobs was 0.5 percent up from the sector quarter. The modest increase follows five consecutive quarters of decline.
Taking seasonal effects into account, there were 46 thousand fewer jobs (0.6 percent) in the third than in the second quarter of 2013. The quarter-on-quarter figures on jobs of employees have been in decline for more than two years now.
Taking into account the working-day pattern and seasonal effects, the Dutch economy grew 0.1 percent in the third quarter of 2013 compared to the second quarter. The volume of gross domestic product in the second quarter was approximately the same as in the first quarter.